Category Archives: Town Hall

Two local policemen in Estepona arrested for the alleged rape of an 18 year old woman

The 18 year old woman in question apparently invited the two police officers to her house, along with two friends. The officers had been conducting blood alcohol control.

The Court of Estepona has ordered the arrest of two police officers,  allegedly involved in a sexual assault on a woman 18 years old last Saturday. The Local police officers are aged 37 and 38 and are charged with the alleged commission of crimes including sexual assault, threats and prevarication.

On Saturday night the victim, along with two friends, arrived in Estepona to spend a few days of rest after finishing an exam. The vehicle in which they were traveling was stopped by the two officers who asked the person who was driving if he had taken alcohol, to which he responded affirmatively arguing that they were celebrating.

The group of young people, according to his version, maintained a conversation with the agents to try to avoid the fine, to which supposedly they agreed that the police officers could come to the house of the victim to have a drink.

The police appeared in the house uniformed and carrying cocaine, according to the victim. Upon seeing the situation, her friend left the house after having a panic attack and called the Ambulance services and the National Police. Meanwhile the agents stripped the other girl, put the cocaine on her naked body and began to consume it. The male friend who was still in the house asked them to stop but one of the agents took him out of the room. It was at this time, according to the victim, that she was attacked.

According to police sources, when the National Police went to the house the Ambulance services provided medical care to the girl and the protocol of sexual aggression was initiated. Subsequently, the girl was taken to the Costa del Sol Hospital.

The mayor of Estepona, José María García Urbano, commented that once the Town Hall became aware of the arrest warrant of the two local police officers, he immediately ordered the suspension of employment and salary of both. 

New Walkway in Estepona at Punta de la Plata

Estepona Walkway
Estepona Walkway

The New Walkway in Estepona at Punta de la Plata was opened a few weeks ago. A new section of the “Litoral Path” joins two seafront promenades and allows a pedestrian route of more than three kilometers in Estepona.

It is now possible to walk or bike from the port marina to the El Angel park. The new walkway, consisting a long wooden bridge, starting from the area of ​​Punta de la Plata, was made possible by an investment of 245,00€ from the Town Hall.

The Litoral Path has a total of about 23 kilometers in the municipality of Estepona, approximately 15 kilometers has been constructed so far for pedestrians and bicyclists to use. It is envisaged that, within the next few years, all 23 kilometers will have been constructed and joined.

 

Estepona Town Hall Forced to Compensate for Noise Pollution

The High Court in Andalucia has ordered the Town Hall of Estepona to compensate property owners in the port area for loss of rental income. The owners had sued the Town Hall due to excessive noise produced by bars in Estepona Port. The case was originally brought against the Town Hall, by a group of residents, in 2008. It has taken more the seven years to finally get a decision after the Town Hall rejected the original claim.

Unfortunately, it is not uncommon for the Town Hall to use the fact that, justice is an extremely slow and expensive process in Spain, to try to deter residents from making legitimate claims.

Orchid House and Botanical gardens opens in Estepona

The new Orchid House and Botanical gardens opened last weekend in Estepona. It is the largest Orchid House in Europe being over 1000 sq meters in size.

It has three glass domes providing natural light. The largest of the domes is over 30 meters in height.

The plan is to eventually have over 8,000 different species of orchid on display.

The cost for building the Orchid and Botanical gardens was 2.3 million Euros.

The gardens are located close to the end of Calle Terraza. About 200 meters up from Plaza de Huevos (Egg Square).

Foreign Residents Association of Estepona

The recently created Foreign Residents Association of Estepona, A.R.E.M.E. (Asociacion de Residentes Extranjeros de Municipio de Estepona), is hoping to build influence with the Town Hall and the Police so that issues concerning the foreign population can be heard.

Foreigners in Estepona make up some 30% of the town’s population and yet their voice and opinion are often not fully represented. AREME hopes to address this issue by encouraging Estepona’s foreign residents to join the association for just 1€ per year. Obviously the more members there are the more the greater the affect they can have.

Application forms, to join, can be obtained from The Tourist Office near to Estepona Port or by email from Ray Oldfield (rayoldfield @ gmail.com) or Chris Rawlinson (dr_c_rawlinson @ hotmail.com). You can also join at any of the meetings.

The next meeting of AREME will take place at Estepona Palacio de Congresos in the foyer on Saturday March 29 from 11.00am to 2.00pm. A member of the Committee will be on hand to help you fill in the application form to join and obtain your membership card at the meeting.

Pedestrian Streets in Estepona

The mayor’s decision to convert a number of streets, in the old town of Estepona, into pedestrian walkways appears to have paid dividends. Visitors and tourists this year have been very impressed with the colour and decoration that these streets now offer.

Calles Peatonales Estepona The Mayor of Estepona, José María García Urbano, at the inauguration of one of the new pedestrian streets.

Murals in Estepona

The Town Hall is commissioning a number of murals in Estepona aimed at making the town more attractive to tourists.

In the Tres Banderas area they have commissioned a mural by artist Conchi Alvarez. The mural is entitled “La casa de la buena gente” (The house of the good people).

Mural Estepona

According to the Town Hall, more murals will be commissioned in other areas of Estepona in the coming year.

Town Hall to Decrease I.B.I. Tax

Not only are the Town Hall planing to reduce the I.B.I. by 8% they are also planning to reduce the rate of Plusvalia by 60%. Reducing the current rate of 30% to 12%. Estepona has one of the highest I.B.I. costs on the Costa Del Sol due to the fact that the Town Hall re-evaluated the property prices in 2007 at the height of the property boom. It is envisaged that the Town Hall will be in a position to lower the I.B.I. tax again in the coming years.

Expat Meeting With Mayor

The recent meeting between the Mayor of Estepona, José María García Urbano, and the Expat resident community produced some interesting feedback. One reader of Estepona News, Roy Lawton, attended the event and had the following to say:

“The impression I formed was that the mayor had prepared his case very well, carefully distancing himself and his team from the previous administration.

He emphasised the financials:-

1) We have been operating on a bankrupt basis – too much cost with income unable to match
2) Despite the inability to increase income, there are many opportunities to reduce costs.
3) Privatisation of various municipal functions plus cost reduction has already been very successful in cost saving. There are more to come!!

He claimed that despite overdue debts to suppliers, business relationships are being maintained

He moved on to marketing the town as a tourist attraction:-

4) Initiatives to improve the appearance of the town have been successful.
5) There are more plans in hand – not just reparation but new landmarks and constructions.

At question time he competently dealt with most of the points raised. However, with an audience of mainly retired Northern Europeans, “the elephant in the room” based on recent Estepona history was clearly corruption, and a question from the audience raised this specific issue.

The response from the mayor was unconvincing, or more accurately lacking any degree of emotion to most attendees. and the common view will remain amongst the expatriate community, that with Estepona´s history of corruption there remains a mayoral stage awaiting an anti-corruption visionary.

Finally there was a feeling that the opportunity to professionally market Estepona as a tourist/foreign resident location, remains to be addressed.

On this performance, a good start, but the jury remains out on his administrations´re-election prospects!!”

For those readers that speak Spanish there is a link to a video report of the event from Estepona TV.

Town Hall Treasurer Suspended for a further Month

Estepona Town Hall have extended, until the end of this month, the suspension of the municipal treasurer Felix Dominguez-Pimienta. This is in relation to financial irregularities brought about by an “accounting mismatch” of around 200,000 euros. The mayor, Jose Maria Garcia Urbano, reported the irregularities to the National Police. The mayor justified the decision stating that all accounting transactions between 2009 to 2012 are to be investigated.